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McElhinney stops 41, Leafs blank Oilers

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during third-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Being a backup goalie isn't easy. Toronto's Curtis McElhinney thinks he's figured it out.

One night after starter Frederik Andersen beat Pittsburgh on the road, McElhinney stopped 41 shots in the Maple Leafs' 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

The 34-year-old McElhinney was making just his fifth start of the season, with Andersen leading the NHL in minutes played.


Blues beat Sabres in OT, push run to 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mired in a scoring slump, St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko was looking for that lucky bounce.

He found it when the Blues needed it most.


Wild blow 3-goal lead, top Sharks in OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Nino Niederreiter was frustrated at losing the puck during overtime. Once he got it back, he wasn't going to let another opportunity pass.

Niederreiter scored 3:26 into the extra period and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.


Crawford, Anisimov get 'Hawks by Coyotes

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks staggered home last week in desperate need of some positive results.

Enter goalie Corey Crawford - and a perfectly timed homestand against three of the worst teams in the NHL.


Blues F Schwartz out at least 6 weeks

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve with a right ankle injury, and he will re-evaluated in six weeks.

The Blues made the move Sunday, hours ahead of their game against the Sabres. Schwartz suffered the injury during the Blues' 6-1 win in Detroit on Saturday. He was tied for ninth in the NHL with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and ranked second with a plus-23 rating through 30 games for the Central Division-leading Blues.


Kings beat 'Canes in OT, push run to 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) There's more than one way to win a hockey game, and the Los Angeles Kings keep proving that.

Tanner Pearson scored 4:40 into overtime and Los Angeles edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory.


Rangers top Devils, 10-1 last 11 at home

NEW YORK (AP) After a dreadful start to the season, the New York Rangers have finally caught up to the pack thanks to their strong play at home.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots and the Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 Saturday night for New York's 10th win in its last 11 on home ice.


Tampa edges Jets in OT as run hits 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brayden Point put the exclamation point on the Tampa Bay Lightning's success stretch at home.

Point scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Lightning completed a perfect four-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.


Knights net 3 in 3:37, win fourth in row

DALLAS (AP) In their first NHL season, the Vegas Golden Knights are getting big goals from players up and down the roster.

This time, it was David Perron who got them started during a second-period flurry.


Resurgent Rask leads Bruins past Isles

BOSTON (AP) Tuukka Rask has rediscovered his game and the Boston Bruins are starting to become the type of team they want to be in front of him - one that's tough defensively.

Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored, Rask stopped 30 shots and the Bruins beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday night.

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